This blog records my experiences as a docent at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery on Highway 1 in California. A few males, thin from three months of fasting, remain on the beach in March. They are surrounded by weaned pups.
In March, the uproar of breeding season is past. Weaners have the run of the beach.
The rain we had generated large amounts of runoff from the ranchlands across the highway. But the weaners are grown up enough now that they aren't in any danger. They used the stream for breath-holding practice.
One had trouble climbing out. as he lurched up the sandy side, it collapsed under him.
He finally moved to a section where the bank was shorter and was able to climb out. Another weaner took an interest.
I've written three books about raising traditional breed poultry in small flocks, How to Raise Chickens, How to Raise Poultry, and The Field Guide to Backyard Chickens. I blog about poultry at http://poultrybookstore.blogspot.com. I'm interested in all animals and the wildlife of California's Central Coast enchants me.